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enior year comes with many traditions, but one of the favorites is manhunt. Armed with water bottles craftily punctured by pens and pencils to give them extra range, seniors spend the last few months of the year in the warlike affair trying to eliminate one another. Students go as far as preparing for it months ahead of time, planning out their strategies and exit plans. One senior, Tanner Mathias, described his pursuit after target Jesse Reed, “I sat outside a house last night for three hours, there was no movement.” Mathias eventually got his target out by Reed exchanging his own surrender for a box of donuts. For many participants their time is now spent stalking their targets in parking lots, outside of houses and churches, and even following them throughout the day. Hunters will patiently wait for the right time to execute their attack.
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Mathias said, “I bought water guns, I bought face paint. I know exactly where my target lives and their work schedule, and their daily schedule. I have a whole costume to hide in the dark.” Savannah Jackson, who’s tied in the lead with the most kills, gives her number one tip to future underclassmen. She said “stay lowkey and trust no one.” Jackson has avoided telling others when and where she will be and how she will get her targets out. Manhunt involves a lot of slyness, backstabbing, double crossing, and set ups. Most seniors knew the consequences of joining a game that pits everyone against each other, but didn’t expect that it would come between their friendships. Jackson said, “I am making sure that it doesn’t interfere with my friendships and doesn’t interact with my social life.”
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Two Yonder cell phone pouches. Photo by Phillip Canady.
ue to the rise of cell phone use in school, students must put their cell phone into a locked pouch that can not be unlocked without a teacher’s permission. Elaine Henry, English teacher, discovered the pouches, by a company named Yonder. “I like the pouches very much,” Henry said. “On days when we have used them, I’ve seen more academic focus from students and I’ve felt less tension between myself and students who are chronic phone users.” Henry has heard her fair share of arguments about the benefits of cell phones by students. “Many students think they are multitasking when they are on their phones in class,” Henry said. “But this is frequently not the case. Students have trouble concentrating and completing tasks when they have their cell phones out in class, and as a result, they miss out on
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important information and instruction.” Schools will be receiving these devices in the near future. With them, they can control the level of attention paid in their classroom -- whether students think it’s reasonable or not. “Once students get their distraction away from them, they will work better and be focused,” Freshmen Warren Baker said. “I don’t think it will solve much, and some students may be concerned with the decision to use them. ” Though students seem to only be opposed, many teachers agree that these pouches are what’s best; not only for them, but their students. “It is difficult for students to think deeply and critically about our course material when they feel the need to respond to messages, check friends’ Snapchat stories, take their turn playing a game with a friend, etc,” Henry said. “Simply put, cell phones are academically damaging.”
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The Legacy of brown v. board
by Tyler Pressler by Abbie Cruse firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
rown v. the Topeka Board of Education was one of the defining court cases of the civil rights movement. Linda Brown, the little girl at the center of the 1954 case, died on March 25. Brown v. Board was made up of five different lawsuits, from parents whose children were denied access to public schooling. Brown became a central figure in the case, playing a pivotal role in desegregating schools all around the United States. The case was first brought to the Supreme Court in 1952, from which the court put the five cases under one name, Brown v. Board. Linda Brown was born on February 20, 1943 in Topeka to Leola and Rev. Oliver Brown. When Linda Brown was in third grade, her parents tried unsuccessfully to enroll her in the all-white Sumner Elementary School, which was closer to their home. Instead she attended Monroe Elementary, which was a segregated school, and is now the site of the Brown v Board Museum. In 1959, the Brown family relocated to Springfield, Missouri, where Linda attended and graduated from Central High School. In 1961, Rev. Brown died, and the family then decided to move back to Topeka, where Linda’s younger sister Cheryl Brown attended and graduated from Topeka High School. Jack Alexander, who graduated from Topeka High in the class of 1949, remembered a time when there were segregated teams, dances and other activities for African-
American students. During his senior year, Alexander was captain of the all-black basketball team known as the Ramblers. That year, Alexander and his classmate Dean Smith, went to the administration to ask if the two basketball teams could be merged into one. The Trojans basketball team was integrated in 1950. Alexander felt that the legacy of Brown v. Board changed the face of education for the better. “There have certainly been a lot of good things that have come out of that...we had very dedicated teachers. This is something that shook the world not just Topeka,” said Alexander. Carolyn Wims-Campbell was the first AfricanAmerican to serve on the Kansas Board of Education and has been friends with Linda Brown for 66 years. They first met when Linda’s father started a new job as the preacher at St. Mark’s AME Church, and the two young girls quickly became friends. Campbell said, “[Linda was] a very intelligent person. She was reserved, very humble, she was talented with words, and our pianist for over 40 years for the church. She is patient and kind. She was the one that press came to, she traveled the country speaking and educating our world, and she was a really shy person she was never one to be out in the forefront but she was strong and courageous she was able to accept the responsibility and carry with it throughout her life. She was an educator. She started out as a teacher and she was an advocate.”
Jack Alexander reminisces over his 1949 school yearbook.
Campbell hoped that people will remember Brown for her personality and how she treated those around her throughout her life. “I will want everyone to think of her not as just the little girl, but as loving, caring, very spiritual lady that became the face of Brown v. Board. Her legacy is one of quality education, for each and every child, and she was a doting grandmother and mother.”
The BROWN legacy through time Linda Brown is born
Rev. Oliver Brown attempts to enroll Linda at Sumner Elementary School
The Supreme Court hears oral arguments for Brown v Board.
Brown v. Board Case is unanimously decided by the Supreme Court to desegregate schools
Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American Supreme Court Justice
Title IX outlaws
50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board
Linda Brown passes away.
Students Speaking Out After Parkland by Mazzy Martinez firstname.lastname@example.org
fter the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, there has been a significant spike in student activism regarding the issue of gun control. Topeka High School is no exception to the new development in student interest and activism. Less than 24 hours after the Parkland shooting, many of the survivors were posting their experiences in the shooting. Using Twitter and Facebook, screenshots of texts sent to loved ones were posted, videos of students cowering while gunshots rang out, and hurried posts of live updates. Because of the especially disturbing nature of the Parkland shooting and the increase in mass shootings, students have been increasingly active on social media and in their schools. Shortly after the shooting, Parkland survivors spoke at a Town Hall meeting demanding politicians take action. Parkland senior Cameron Kasky even going as far to directly ask Senator Marco Rubio to stop taking donations from the NRA. “People are interested in getting their voices heard,” said sophomore Irene Caracioni, “Students feel more empowered to speak out and have more interest in being active in the community.” On March 14, a majority of Trojans walked from the school, down a block of Topeka Boulevard, and then headed to the Kansas State Capitol. Intercepting a rally that was already taking place, hundreds of students filled the steps of the western capitol entrance, and proceeded to sing the school song with their arms wrapped around each other. On March 24, the March for Our Lives protest took place at the capitol
as well, featuring several speakers, two of which were Topeka High seniors Julia Howell and Tonyce Jackson. How did the motivation to join a national organization and participate in a national walkout spread so quickly to thousands of schools across the United States? Social media. “Social media is the only way that we can all be connected at once,” said sophomore Ann Beall. Recently, there has been a influx in Google searches on gun control and the NRA as seen in Graph 1. Compartively, the Parkland shooting sparked more searches on the NRA, due to the quick spread of information by social media and subsequent backlash towards the NRA.
The graph shows how interest in the NRA spiked after the Parkland shooting. The smaller peak was after the Las Vegas shooting. Google Trends
All School President Julia Howell and Vice President Starlette Blanshan lead students in singing the school song at the March 14 march to the capitol. Photo by Beatriz Soto
The faces of the movement STUDENTS SPEAK UP IN THE WAKE OF PARKLAND
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Q: Do you think it would make more sense that we would have more Student Resource Officers in school buildings as opposed to armed teachers? A: “Oh, gosh yes. Yeah, at least those guys have more training, and probably, well, hopefully, some kind of background in law enforcement or military that would make them more suited in that kind of opportunity. But thinking teachers can fill those positions is just unreasonable.”
(Left) Julia Howell and Tonyce Jackson speak at the March 24th “March For Our Lives” protest. Photo by William Hendrix (Right) Students congregate outside on the walkway of Topeka High. Photo by Cameron Burnett
Q: Have you noticed an increase in public interest after recent events? A: “Absolutely. I get emails everyday asking us to vote against the idea of arming teachers and vote in favor of, again, common sense gun laws: background checks and waiting periods, the elimination of large capacity clips, that sort of thing. I get very, very little correspondence from the other side at this point wanting to decrease the number of rules and regulations we have about firearms in this state.” Q: When do you think general public interest increased?
THS teacher Phillip Wrigley holds up his sign at the March 24th “March For Our Lives” protest. Photo by William Hendrix Sophomore Victor Rubio counter-protests with a Second Amendment sign. Photo by Sean
A: “I’ll tell you, you guys [teenagers] went a long way to making that issue a national issue. I’m hoping that you guys keep the pressure up, because what you did really, I think gave a lot of emphasis for adults to get involved. I think it’s terrific people your age are getting involved in this issue, but it’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint. It’s great to demonstrate, and stuff like that, but now you have to get politically powerful.”
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rojan theatre is starting conversations about race, discrimination, history, and much more through their spring production of “Zoot Suit” by Luis Valdez, a play about the events that unfolded during the 1943 Los Angeles Zoot Riots and the Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial. The cast for this production is larger than any other play put on at the school this year and includes dance and musical scenes. Because of the high demand for a large and racially diverse cast, the theatre department advertised this production differently than others throughout the year, specifically recruiting members of Topeka’s Latinx community and many first-time actors. Geoffrey Kaufman, an acting teacher at the school, is directing “Zoot Suit,” and felt that an accurate casting was essential to the production.
“[Having a diverse cast] is important because if the play is about race and ethnicity, it’s important that the people cast in those roles will be accurate on that level as much as possible, so I spread the word through all the teachers in school, through any ALAS and ELL connections and making sure that any organization in school that was particularly involved in the Mexican American Community at school was aware of it. We also made bilingual audition announcements that we put all over in the Mexican and Spanish speaking areas of town,” said Kaufman. Sophomore Itzel Sanchez has been in several plays in her short time at Topeka High, including “The Crucible,” “She Kills Monsters,” and “Young Frankenstein,” but felt that “Zoot Suit” was the most important to her. “It has to do with my cultural background and it’s just really cool to be a part of something that is a part of my people,” said Sanchez. “It’s the most near and dear to my heart production that I’ve ever been a part of and I’m just really excited for it.” Sanchez is joined by many members of Topeka’s Hispanic population in her enthusiasm for the play and what it means, sparking many events throughout the community leading up to the show, including a panel of Mexican Americans speaking in the
The Illustration of a Mexican American standing in front of the Topeka landscape was created by senor Alessandra Cahvez.
school library, a speaking event by KU PhD student Neil Kennedy in the public library, a performance by the Maria the Mexican band in the THS cafeteria, and a custom car show. Brian Retana is a sophomore making his theatre debut as Joey Castro, a gang member in the show. Retana thinks that the events going on in the community will help the audience appreciate the significance of the play. “I think [the events] are a great thing to do, so people can know more about it before they see the whole thing,” said Retana. The Zoot Suit Riots are not covered much at all in T-High’s curriculum, so many students are unaware of them. The director and many cast members hope that this show helps change that. “Anyone I ask ‘hey have you heard about the zoot suit riots nobody knows, so I go on a whole rampage of ‘this is what happened’ and ‘this is why people should know about it.’ It [the play] will hopefully bring awareness to the infamous zoot suit riots because it’s one of the biggest historical events that involves the Latino community and no one knows about it and that’s just sad,” said Sanchez. Zoot suits originated in Harlem during the 30s and 40s as a style targeted for dancing as they accentuated movement with their baggy pants, large, padded shoulders, and long chains. The suits were most popular among minorities, especially latinos. Due to their
The Zoot Suit production has never been performed at the school and has been in discussion to happen for over ten years. Photo by Cameron Burnett
association with minorities and the racist views that defined American culture at the time, zoot suits became thought of as something gang members and thugs wore. The stereotypes surrounding the suits were only exacerbated when World War II began, and with it came rationing and resource conservation. Fabric use was restricted, so the excessive amounts necessary to make zoot suit were in violation of the newly-enforced regulations, but bootleg tailors continued to make them. Eventually, tensions between zoot suiters and law enforcement reached a fever pitch. On May 31, 1943, an altercation between Mexican American youth and military members resulted in injuries on both sides, but the severe injuries of one Navy sailor triggered a series of hostile attacks and, ultimately, outright chaos. On June 3rd, service members descended upon downtown Los Angeles, walking through the streets and beating anyone wearing zoot suits with clubs. Following that retaliation, the streets of LA were thrust in complete chaos, erupting in riots during which many people were physically stripped of their suits and aggressively beaten. Violence only escalated for several days, with thousands of servicemen flooding into the city and assaulting minorities at random. The riots finally ended on June 7, 1943, but their impact remains today. The Tonantzin Society is a Topeka-based volunteer organization that works to educate the community about Latinx/Chicanx culture and history. Christina Valdivia-Alcala is the founder of the society and has been the director for seven years. The organization has helped organize the community events leading up to the production in support of its message.
“Zoot Suit being performed in Topeka and at Topeka High is of historic proportions. A lot of thanks needs to go to Nancy Vega for continuing to voice the need of diverse voices being heard through the arts,” said Valdivia-Alcala. “Zoot Suit is a play that has been in existence for some time and speaks to a long held pattern of racism towards the Mexican and Mexican American communities not only in California but across this nation. Zoot Suit as art, as political and social justice theater can help and has already helped us here in Topeka open up badly needed dialogue.” As a play, “Zoot Suit” is a great piece of entertainment, but it is more than that. Its social commentary, cultural relevance, and historical context make it much more than a stage play. “Before I read this play I wasn’t really aware of [the history behind the zoot suit riots], I don’t think it’s really one of the things that we teach directly,” said Kaufman. “I thought it was a good history lesson and I love when theatre can be really cross-curricular you know, because this is about social studies, this is about music, this is about dance, this is about theatre, this is about costume and clothing and culture. I love plays that reach out in all those directions.”
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1. The Zoot Suit production is based off of the Sleepy Lagoon case in which more than1. 300 boys were arrested in suspicion of the murder of Jose Dias. 2. After two years in jail, 22 boys who were arrested for the murder were released on2. appeal. 3. “I’ve always thought it was a wonderful play and I’ve taught it in divesity theatre class to represent Mexican American dramatic literature,” director Geoffrey Kaufman 3.right time to do it.” said. “Given the conversation going on in our country right now I thought this was the 4. For more than 10 years, Maria Elena Cuevas has been performing a combination of4. Mexican folklore and rock music with her sister Teresa Cuevas. The two sisters took after their grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas who was a leader in the Hispanic musical community and all three of the women graduated from Topeka High school.
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Snook family feels pressure, and pride of playing together
Grace Hatesohl, senior, swimming the buterfly during a recent competition.
by Cameron Burnett email@example.com he 2018 Lady Trojan Swim team is tied for third place with Emporia and Seaman for Centennial League. The team has roughly competed against 20-30 other teams, with meets at Topeka West, Topeka High, and Emporia remaining. This season, the team is composed of a total of only seven upperclassmen and 12 underclassmen. Amelia Millhuff, sophomore, has been swimming on club teams for nine years and started swimming for the school last year. Millhuff went to state last year in the 200 free, 500 free, and two relays. This year, her times for her 200 free, 500 hundred free, and 100 hundred fly have been considered for state. Another up and coming sophomore is Sophia Hodge, who went to state last year in the 100 fly and various relay events. Similar to Millhuff, Hodge swam club swim for 10 years and said she prefers swimming at school instead, saying everyone on the swim team at school is much more friendly. With Hodge working under the direction of Coach Bennett and her sister, assistant coach Emily Hodge, she said she hopes to win City in the 100 backstroke. Having new and younger members added to the team, coach Bennett is looking forward this season as well as to future seasons. “I have some competitive girls they really want to do well as individuals as well as a team,” Bennett said. “The girls are very social but they know when to work hard and be focus on what is important.” However, with gain of new additions, comes the loss of some core seniors such as Grace Hatesohl, who has qualified to state every year of her high school swim career. “I have lots of gratitude for Bennett helping me out the past four years and pushing me to be better at both swim and school,” Hatesohl said. Hatesohl said she is confident in all of the underclassmen in swim this year. “They [the underclassmen] are all very eager to get better,” said Hatesohl. “I love seeing that and practicing with them and seeing them get better.” The team’s next meet will be the Topeka West Invitational at the Capitol Federal Natatorium on Tuesday, April 24.
or the last four years, father and daughter Derek and Alani Snook have been part of the soccer program. Alani, senior, has played defense, while Derek was the assistant coach for his first two years, and head coach for the past two. Now, a third member has subbed in for a one year special. Micaela Snook, freshman, made varsity along with her sister and has started every game for the Trojans this season. Alani, starts for the Trojans as a center back on defense, while Micaela plays right back on defense. Alani has already had major success this year, recording one of three goals in a penalty kick shootout in the McPherson Invitational win against Hays, and has assisted on two goals so far. While both play on separate club teams during the fall; playing together is a whole new challenge to both. “It makes it more challenging with anything, because having her right next to me, I get nervous more,” said Alani. “Just knowing you have to postpone anything that happens at home and focus on the game.” Micaela has played club soccer for most of her life, and looks at Alani not only as her sister, but as a teacher. “I do get frustrated sometimes, but she helps me out a lot,” said Micaela. “I feel like it would be different if I didn’t have her there, and since it’s my first year she’s teaching me a lot about playing in high school because it’s so much different.” Derek has coached Micaela
Derek Snook directs the girls team during the first half of a recent game.
during club soccer season, but hadn’t an indescribable feeling having my coached Alani until high school. senior daughter who started as a With the added pressure of playing freshman, and then Micaela coming together; having their father coach out and starting on the defensive end the team makes it even more nerve as a freshman. You well up with pride wracking. a little bit.” “Absolutely I add more pressure. I The team was 4-2 as of April do lean on them because of some of 12 with wins over Hays and Cair the things I say or do, they’ve seen Paravel. them before,” said Derek. “I lean on them to lead, even with Micaela being a freshman she needs to take that ownership because she’s seen some of drills that some of the other girls might not get right away.” With the added pressure of being the daughter of the coach, Alani feels the added pressure, and that everything that happens on the field follows them home. “Being the coach’s daughter everybody expects you to be good, and I always feel like I have to step up and be a leader,” said Alani. “You go home and you can’t leave stuff, because everybody else walks up to the coach after, but it follows us home.” Derek has coached soccer for many years, but has never had the privilege of seeing two of his daughters on the same field at the same time. “It’s pretty cool, because they fight like sisters, but Derek Snook and his daughters who are playing they also get along like best together for the first time. friends,” said Derek. “It makes me very proud. It’s
Alani Snook conducts the defense against Cair Paravel.
Micaela Snook retreats back onto defense.
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he Trojan baseball team is looking a lot better with the comeback of Logan Gage, a starting pitcher and first baseman, who missed all of last season with a broken dominant wrist, and who is hoping to make a splash this season. The Trojans desperately need a jump start, as they have started 0-4 this season. Gage, junior, has set the bar high and feels good about setting the tone for the 2018 season. “I want to bat at or above .350 this season,” said Gage,”I’m also pretty new to pitching, but a sub-4.00 earned run average (ERA) would be pretty nice.” Gage, through one dominant mound appearance has allowed one hit and one walk in two innings of work and struck out one batter, it is also worth mentioning that opponents have only batted .091 against him this season. Head Coach Shane Miles is looking forward to having Gage back in the fold. “Our goal is to be competitive,” said Miles, “and Logan is one of our top three hitters.” This season, the Trojans have batted some of the worst stats in the league, posting a .163 batting average, a .301 on base percentage, an 8.52 ERA, and a single home run slugged by Omar Rameriz. Gage is batting a .273 this season with no home runs through five games this season, and he is one of five hitters this season that has a hit through the first five games. The team is deeply depleted, after graduating some of their top players last year, and other predicted top players became injured. Freshman are having to step up
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and play pivotal roles on varsity this season. With all the young talent on the roster, Gage wants to show his team leadership. “I want to step up and be a leader on the field,” said Gage, “my goal through that is to elevate everyone else’s play and create more team players.” The Trojans have had a rough few outings in the past two weeks, losing games to Hayden as bad as 12-2, and Shawnee Heights as bad as 15-0. but they’ll look to get things going on April 13, against a Junction City team that has not played against Centennial League opponents, and in the coming week, on April 17, A Topeka West team that is 1-3 against league opponents.
Maliyah Malone TRACK Athlete Q & A
by Philip Canady email@example.com Maliyah Malone, junior, is in her fourth year of running track in which she particpates in long jump and races in the 100m, 200m, and 4x400m relay. Q: What is your favorite event to participate in track? A: “My favorite thing to do in track, by far is long jump. It teaches me to trust myself completely. I also love knowing i’m great at something unique and demanding. To me, winning in long jump is the most rewarding.” Q: Why do you enjoy doing track? A: I run track because it pushes me to my limits as an athlete and because you see your hard work pay off. I love knowing I have a chance to improve at every meet. To me. Track isn’t about competing with other people,. It’s about competing with yourself, beating your best times, jumping farther than you thought you could. Q: What do you need to improve on the most? A: I need to work on starting out of the blocks more smoother and faster. My finishes are what makes me a great runner, but I need to improve on my starts. Q: What goes through your head before every meet?
Conner Scott, sophomore, mid wind-up, in a game against Hayden. Photo by Tanuelle Jackson
A: Usually, I don’t get in my head too much before meets. I’m at a point where I don’t get nervous anymore. I just get there, warm up, and perform at my best.
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strikeouts Logan Gage, junior, sizes up a pitch in a game against ThomasMoore Prep. Photo by Bill MacDonald
RBI’s Maliyah Malone takes flight in her long jump event.
Seventeen Shooting victims’ Memories lost in March by Lillian Holmberg firstname.lastname@example.org
n March 14, thousands of students nationwide walked out of school for 17 minutes to remember the 17 lives taken in the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14, and to also promote gun and school safety. At Topeka High, hundreds of students participated in the national walkout. A walkout is “a sudden angry departure, especially as a protest or strike,” according the Oxford English Dictionary, but that certainly wasn’t what it was at Topeka High. Instead, the walkout turned into a march to the state capitol, and district administration arranged the school schedule to accommodate students participating in the “walkout.” During the march, several chants like “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! The NRA has got to go!” and “Gun Reform Now!” could be heard from the large group of passionate students. “A moment of silence for the victims and families of the Parkland students,” however, were words that were never uttered from the mouths of the students who led Topeka High’s “walkout.” The moment of silence was never taken, and the names of the victims were never read, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas never mentioned. The victims and the purpose were lost within the walkout-turned-march. I interviewed students who were taking part, and that’s when it became evident to me that there were kids marching who weren’t really sure why they were there.
When I asked a girl why she was marching, she paused for a few seconds until finally saying “equality.” When I was taking photos, kids were pointing to themselves and asking me to take photos of them while they smiled and posed-- a request I usually receive at any regular school event, but given the situation and setting, it didn’t seem appropriate. There were students who were joking around and laughing. Last time I checked, gun violence, school shootings, and school walkouts aren’t lighthearted subjects or joking matters Don’t get me wrong-- I’m all for holding politicians and the government accountable, and I love seeing my peers actively involved in politics. I love that teenagers are speaking up for what they believe in. I love that people my age are telling those in positions of power that when they get the power to vote, they will no longer elect money-hungry politicians. That being said, I would rather see 10 people who know the purpose behind the movement over an additional 990 just wanting to get out of class. While the walkout was a nationwide event that was supposed to take place at a certain time and end at a certain time, a walkout is supposed to be sudden. What the self-proclaimed student organizers failed to realize is that a walkout isn’t supposed to be organized. A walkout is just supposed to happen. None of the “organizers” breathed a single word about
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the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. No one called for a time of reflection for the reason behind why thousands of students across the country were walking out of their schools. The march failed to pause for a minute and remember the tragedy that occurred. So now, please take the time to do what was never done, and join me in a moment of silence for Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jamie Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang.
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his year, prom takes place on April 28th, the 101st prom at Topeka High. With the tradition of prom, comes the tradition of dresses. The hunt for prom dresses is underway, often involving travelling. 30% of girls this year traveled outside of Topeka to find their dress, while 32% chose to stay in Topeka. Rachel Stewart, senior, chose to purchase her dress at a thrift store. “Getting a dress from a thrift store, it completely yours. You know no one else is going to have it. Like today, even different dresses can still look really similar, but you know yours is going to be totally unique,” said Stewart. Thrift shopping can be a less expensive option, as it has become increasingly popular among teenagers. Prom can already be pricey, with 25% of prom-goers spending 100 to 250 dollars, and some spending over 400 dollars. Costs really rack up between tickets, corsages and boutineers, dresses and tux rentals, and dinner. The Prom
Closet, ran by Julie Phillips, is an in-school store at Topeka High where students can find dresses and suits for free. “Prom is super expensive,” said Phillips. “The Prom Closet is great because kids can come in here and get dresses and suits that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to wear.” Whether it be buying a new dress, sewing their own, or hunting to find the perfect dress can be proven an age-old event.
Topeka High school prom april 28th prom and after-prom tickets: $15
a small bundle of flowers tied around a woman’s wrist or grouping of 2 or 3 flowers pinned to the lapel of a man l
colors and flowers should coordinate with outfit the most popular flowers are roses, carnations, and orchids
corsages and boutineers can be decorated with artificial leaves, ribbon, and gems
Floral Patterns Floral patterns are a classic, and a halter neckline adds a more modern twist.
two-piece dresses This midriff-bearing option has become a very popular trend. Seniors Haileigh Cashman, Ricardo Saldivar, and Avery Byrd model in the prom fashion show.
side cutouts Cutouts are really popular this prom season, featuring open side detailing.
black on black A black jacket and black vest is a simple yet sophisticated combo, utilizing the tie as a color pop.